Successful Technician Commitment Signatory Event
The first virtual Technician Commitment Signatory Event look place yesterday, on Thursday 5th November.
We were joined by over 120 colleagues from institutions across the UK Higher Education and research sector, who have pledged their commitment to supporting the technical workforce.
A key strength of the Technician Commitment is the community of practice that has developed through the biannual signatory events. While unable to meet in person, the Technician Commitment are keen to ensure momentum and connectivity of the Technician Commitment community.
The online meeting included an update from Kelly Vere, Technician Commitment Programme Director, and included opportunities for attendees to network and share best practice.
We were delighted to welcome Professor Sir John Holman who shared details of a new, national policy commission that is investigating the higher education and research sector’s future need for technical skills and roles.
Simon Breeden, Associate Lead for the Technician Commitment, also presented an overview of a recent study by the Technician Commitment, Science Council and partners into the effects of COVID19 on the technical community, plus Dr Sabrina Fairchild shared news of the GW4 consortium of universities GW4ward programme for technical colleagues.
The event was closed by Helen Gordon, CEO of the Science Council, who noted the importance of collaboration as we strive for the recognition, career development, visibility and sustainability of technicians.
Kelly Vere, Higher Education Engagement Manager at the Science Council & Technician Commitment Programme Director commented:
“We’re delighted to see such positive engagement, continued momentum, collaboration and connectivity from the Technician Commitment community at our first virtual event”